Ford has dominated the Nürburgring with just one liter and three cylinders’ worth of internal combustion. The EcoBoost engine fitted to this Formula Ford race car gave the vehicle one of the fastest lap times in the German circuit’s history, coming in at 7:22, with an average speed of 105 mph. That puts it at 11th place in the track’s record books, and well ahead of production exotics from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Ford engineers spent several months to switch the Formula Ford’s usual 178-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost powerplant with a specially tuned 202-hp version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline-powered engine. The car’s estimated top speed is 158.8 mph and goes from zero to 62 mph in just under four seconds.
Designers gave the car wheel covers, head and tail lights, and a horn to make it street legal. It’s good for the environment, too, recording 118 mpg at 35 mph, and 57 mpg at 75 mph.
We are not very interested in what’s going on inside car factories, unless it’s an Italian or British super car maker. Hyundai factory for example, is way down on the list of factories we would like to take a tour of. Actually, it isn’t on the list at all, come to think of it. Hyundai of course realizes that, which is why they went through the hassle of making an animated tour of their factory, in hope that people will watch it. It’s like a cartoon, you know.
And to make it more interesting your tour guide is a fluffy little… thing… called ‘Blue’. He will show you different corners of the factory boasting Hyundai’s ’New Thinking New Possibilities’ slogan all along:
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Akrapovic is one of the world’s finest manufacturers of professional exhaust systems for high-end cars. They make their systems with a certain zest and passion that is clear through the noises they make. Their specialty is tenor, as you can hear from the sound of this heavily tuned Porsche 997 GT3 which is fitted with a set of Akrapovic’s titanium exhausts.
We hope someday Akra branches out and try baritone as well. We would love to see, or rather hear, what they can do with an AMG V8!
The 3.8 liter flat-six engine in the GT3 makes 430 horsepower, which translates into a 0 to 100 km/h time of about 4 seconds and top speed of over 310 km/h. Oh, don’t be fooled by that GT3 RS wing and colored wheels. Those are some the mods the owner has done to his car. It’s not a real RS.
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The brand new 2013 VOlvo V40 is getting a new R-Design variant to give the already sleek looking hatchback an even sportier appeal. Being launched later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in Rebel Blue, the Volvo V40 R-Design gets dynamic look on the outside, a sporty interior and 254-hp of performance.
“The V40 R-Design is designed around the performance-minded individual with a passion for those things that add extra spice to life. The meticulous attention to detail covers the expressive design as well as the agile, precise performance,” says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy & Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Car Corporation.
The Volvo V40 R-Design exterior features include silk-metal framed high-gloss grille, an ironstone diffuser, silk-metal finished details and twin exhaust tailpipes and 5-spoke diamond-cut wheels (17″ or 18″). Besides the Blue livery you see here, buys have a choice of six other colors.
On the inside, the Volvo V40 R-Design gets seats that feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, embroidered R-design logo with a blue “R” – full leather treatment available as an option, specially designed steering wheel, gear shifter, handbrake and sport pedals, new aluminium inlays with a perforated look, and a black headliner.
Power comes from a T5 gasoline engine with 254-hp. Volvo – please bring it to the stateside.
Price: $ 36,990 to $ 49,990
It may not have adopted an all-new badge such as ‘ix45”, but otherwise it’s all change for the third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe.
The new Santa Fe completes Hyundai’s design rejuvenation across its model range in its ‘fluidic sculpture’ philosophy, though the Korean company is calling this look ‘storm edge’.
Designed in Hyundai’s North American design centre in Irvine, California, the Hyundai Santa Fe presents a bold American look upfront with plenty of chrome to go around. Viewed side-on or from the rear, the Santa Fe can be mistaken for one of Audi’s Qs. It’s sharp but aggressive and without too many hard lines. Like the recently launched i30, it misses out on LED daytime running lights, which have become a popular sight on cars such as the Veloster and i40.
As for the drivetrain, Hyundai has dropped the previous generation’s 3.5-litre V6 petrol front-wheel drive model and replaced it with a four-cylinder 2.4-litre petrol powering all four wheels. The popular 2.2-litre diesel has been carried over with minor improvements. Santa Fe is available in three specification grades with the base model available with a six-speed manual while the mid and high spec variants are only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
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The all-new sixth-generation Nissan Patrol will arrive in Australia in January 2013 – a full three years after its release in the Middle East.
Up until now, the new Patrol has been built as a left-hand-drive vehicle only and Nissan Australia was the only market that put its hand up for a right-hand-drive version.
We’re also the only country to have requested a diesel version of the latest Y62 Patrol, but the likelihood of that wish being granted, at least in the short term, is slim, at best.
Blame that on the cashed-up UAE market where petrol prices hover around .50 cents a litre and big V8s rule the sand dunes with diesels confined to freight trucks.
So, for the moment, fans of the new Nissan Patrol will have to settle for a 5.6-litre direct injection V8 petrol engine producing 298kW and 560Nm of torque.
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Car News, Paris Motor Show 2012, Porsche — By Lawrence on September 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm — No Comments
Porsche launched its most powerful diesel model yet. The Cayenne S Diesel comes with a 4.2-litre eight-cylinder engine with biturbo charging which helps it produce 382hp. The new model will be officially presented at the Paris Motor Show next to the Porsche 991 Carrera 4 and 4S models before deliveries starting in January 2013.
The Cayenne diesel offers 382hp alongside maximum torque of 850 Newton metres. The inclusion of the new engine makes the new Cayenne S Diesel a good option in terms of value for money and dynamic performance. It’s capable of a zero to 100km sprint in 5.7 seconds, and its top speed is 252 km/h while fuel consumption is just 8.3 litres per 100 km.
Porsche chose to fit an automatic start/stop function to the Cayenne S Diesel. It also gets PTM active all-wheel drive and the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system. Porsche quote a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 metric tonnes making it ideal for trailers and horse boxes. Customers can also opt for a 100-litre fuel tank extending the range to a distance of around 1,200 km (745 miles) without having to stop to refuel.
On the outside, the Cayenne S Diesel shares visual styling cues with its petrol counterpart. The brake system, for example, has been sized to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake callipers. The black fins at the front end emphasise the open air inlets. As with the standard Cayenne Diesel, the S gets “diesel” badges at the front ends of the wings and a model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S.
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